Children of Korea

Dabbling In Water In Winter

Though it is winter, there is a long queue of visitors to the Munsu Water Park at the bus stop in front of Pyongyang Department Store No. 1 in the heart of the capital city.

“There are less passengers now than in summer, but our buses are still in full operation,” said conductress Ri Hye Ok.

The Munsu Water Park which is located on the banks of the Taedong River meandering through Pyongyang covers an area of 125,000 square metres and consists of outdoor and indoor wading pools. At present, the indoor pool is packed with fun-seekers.

The indoor wading pool is comprised of nine pools including a swimming pool, high-pressure water shower pool, pool for mothers and children, wave pool and pool with ultrasonic water jet facility as well as four water slides, each of which is 10 metres high and 65 metres long.

According to Jong Yon Hui, head of the attendants’ section, the air temperature of the indoor wading pool is over 30°C and the water temperature of pools for mothers and children is 32°C with that of other pools being over 27°C‌.

“Before coming here, I felt uneasy about bringing my little children to the pools in winter, but it is very nice to see them wade in the indoor wading pool with appropriate air and water temperatures. I wish I came here already,” said Ri Kyong Sim living in Tangsang-dong No. 1 in Mangyongdae District, Pyongyang.

Everyone beams happily. Young people slide down the water slides fast, schoolchildren swim against waves, old persons and little children with lifebelts float on the waves and aged persons enjoy high-pressure water shower that is especially good for neuralgia and arthritis.

In the gym visitors play volleyball, basketball, tennis and badminton games.

They make up teams with family members, colleagues at work or complete strangers and seesaw matches make rooters become more excited and cheer players more enthusiastically. Whenever a point is scored, spectators burst into cheers to rock the gym.

Kids jump up and down on a trampoline to the tune of merry music and young men and even little schoolboys show off their bravery as they do rock climbing at the indoor climbing wall.

“We can also get other pleasure at the indoor wading pool. Dry and wet saunas and cool and other baths relieve our fatigue, refresh us and even smooth out our wrinkles,” said Ri Kum Sil, an aged woman living in Okryu-dong No. 1 in Taedonggang District, Pyongyang.

The park’s staffer Kim Kum Yong said smilingly that though there are large clocks here and there, every visitor is unaware of the passage of time and reluctant to leave the wading pool.

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